Rio 2016: Lowry targets Tokyo 2020


Shane Lowry has admitted watching the climax of the Olympic Games golf tournament left him wishing he had opted to represent Ireland in Rio.

The 29-year-old chose to miss the Games due to fears over the Zika virus, saying travelling to Brazil would "be putting my family's health at risk".

Instead Lowry watched the competition - won by Justin Rose on the final hole from Henrik Stenson - from home.

And the world number 36 says part of him wished he had played in the first golf event at the Games since 1904, and he hopes to feature in Tokyo 2020.

"I watched the finish to the Olympics on television on Sunday and there was a part of me that wished I was there," Lowry said in his latest column for the Irish Times.

"I think it was good for the Olympics going forward that we had players like Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson going at it down the stretch and hopefully I'll be there in 2020 in Tokyo."

But the more pressing issue of qualifying for Europe's Ryder Cup team is all that Lowry is thinking about, the Irishman currently sitting outside the automatic qualification places for Darren Clarke's team.

He added: "I know exactly where I stand in the qualifying table - 14th in one, 16th in the other - and the reality is that I probably need a win this week [at the Wyndham Championship] or in Denmark next week if I'm to have any chance of making it to Hazeltine.

"To do that, I need to improve my results.

"If I do the business this week or next, hopefully I'll give Darren Clarke and the lads something to think about."